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Florida shooting survivor: CNN gave me ‘scripted’ question for town hall, quashed question on armed guards

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A survivor of the Florida high school massacre said in an interview that CNN rejected his proposal to discuss armed guards in schools and instead handed him a “scripted” question to ask during Wednesday night’s town hall on gun rights.

Colton Haab, 17, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and an ROTC member, reportedly used Kevlar vests to shield students during the massacre. He said he decided not to attend the town hall after CNN presented him with the prepared question.

“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab told Miami’s WPLG-TV. “I don’t think that it’s going get anything accomplished. It’s not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have.

“I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions,” he added.

The left-leaning cable news network denied the charge in a statement, saying, “There is absolutely no truth to this. CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night’s town hall, nor have we ever.”

The town hall, moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper, included shooting survivors confronting several officials on gun rights, including U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, both of Florida, as well as National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

The atmosphere at the event was, at times, awkward and even hostile for the Republicans, who were interrupted several times by the jeering crowd.

At one point, the audience cheered loudly when a student asked Rubio if he would pledge to cease taking donations from the NRA.

Tapper stepped in to plead with the audience to allow Rubio to answer the question.

EDITOR’S NOTE: After student Colton Haab said a CNN producer insisted he use a question that the network scripted for him, the student’s father, Glenn, forwarded an email to media outlets including Fox News, claiming it served as proof. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Glenn Haab acknowledged he omitted words in that email, but added, “There was nothing malicious behind it.”

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.



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Merkel's successor to continue as EU's chief 'paymaster' as Brussels power vacuum develops

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GERMANY will continue as the European Union’s “paymaster” only with less influence under Angela Merkel’s successor, an MEP has claimed.

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12 National Guard members removed from inauguration duty, including two for ‘inappropriate’ comments

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Twelve National Guard members were removed from inauguration duty, including two for “inappropriate” comments or texts, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters in a phone briefing Tuesday.

“We have two individuals that were identified as making inappropriate comments or texts,” said spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman.

One was removed after fellow troops brought the member’s comments to the attention of guard officers. Another was pulled out after an anonymous tip, he said.

The FBI has been screening all service members involved with President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday amid growing security concerns.

Hoffman declined to say what the nature of the comments were or whether the comments or messages related to far-right or similar extremist groups.

The other 10 members were removed because of questions raised in security vetting conducted by the FBI, including a review of their criminal records and other information. As a precaution, they were pulled out during the vetting process “for a number of different reasons,” Hoffman said.

U.S. law enforcement officials and military leaders were “looking back at anything that could potentially flag in a criminal history check, anything that could come up in a database that’s being scrubbed by our partners,” he said.

It was too early to say if the 12 troops removed would be subject to disciplinary action or further investigation by law enforcement agencies, he said.

“We’re not taking any chances,” Hoffman said. “Any reason that somebody’s name is brought to the chain of command, they’re being removed from the line.”

But he said that “we’re not saying all 12 have ties … to extremists or militias. That is not correct.”

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EU threatens to lock City of London out of bloc in outrage at Rishi Sunak's Brexit plans

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BRUSSELS has today warned against Britain’s plan to use Brexit to regulate the City of London.

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